Arnold Levitz, 84, of Louisville, KY, passed away peacefully on January 13. He is survived by his sons Loren (Tara) and Darren Levitz, and grandchildren Jacob, Ethan, Evie and Emerson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Rose Levitz, and Esther Levitz, his loving wife for over 50 years. He never missed an opportunity to say how much he missed being able to talk with her after she passed away.
He is an alumnus of Male High School and was inducted into their Hall of Fame. Arnold attended the University of Kentucky and graduated from Indiana University with a degree in political science. He was a proud member of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. Shortly after college he served in the Army, but did whatever he could to avoid taking 10 mile hikes in the hot sun.
Arnold was a self-made man who built his business, Bi-State Insurance, single-handedly. He worked and lived with the belief that if you were determined, hardworking, and honest anything could be achieved. He took great pride backing up those words with his actions.
He was passionate about helping the community. He served as vice president of the Louisville Hebrew School and at Adath Jeshurun (AJ). With his many years of service to his synagogue he became one of only four people to ever achieve a lifetime board membership.
Arnold was responsible for leading innumerable fundraising efforts for the synagogue including the AJ auction and membership directory. He combined his love of live theater and Judaism by creating “AJ on Broadway” and brought a remarkable 13 shows to Louisville. He also established the congregation’s endowment fund, a first of its kind program.
Arnold had a deep love for his family and its traditions. He often said his favorite day of the week was Sunday because he would always take his family out to dinner, even though his meal was never (in his opinion) served hot enough. He loved to go on trips and cruises with Esther, and he constantly brought home new outfits for her to wear.
Everyone who talked to Arnold knew it was likely that they would hear a joke—and quite possibly more than just one. Making people laugh was without a doubt one of his favorite things to do.
He was a member of the Jewish Community Center and played softball there for many years.
Later in life he became an avid collector of old time tv and radio shows. He enjoyed nostalgia and going to conventions to talk about music, entertainment, and all things trivia.
The family would like to express our gratitude for the care he received from Norton Brownsboro Hospital, Dr. Arash Rezazadeh Kalebasty and the Norton Cancer Institute, and the wonderful staff at Westport Place Health Campus.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 3:00 pm, with visitation beginning at 2:00 pm, at Herman Meyer & Son, Inc., 1338 Ellison Avenue, with burial to follow at Adath Jeshurun Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that expressions of sympathy be made to the American Cancer Society, Adath Jeshurun, or Pitt Academy in his blessed memory.